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George Conway to take part in MSNBC impeachment hearing coverage

Lawyer and frequent Trump critic George ConwayGeorge ConwayLack of influence means it's time to dismiss the Lincoln Project Sirota: Lincoln Project election efforts to swing GOP votes from Trump 'epic failure' Raccoon that 'attacked' news crews on White House lawn sparks viral jokes MORE, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway acknowledges Biden as apparent winner Women set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report MORE, appeared Wednesday on MSNBC ahead of the first public impeachment hearings. 

Conway's coverage on MSNBC is particularly noteworthy because, while he has written multiple op-eds for The Washington Post and is active on Twitter, he has not appeared on television in any commentating capacity since President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE took office in January 2017. 

Conway said Wednesday that Trump was using his power to help himself instead of the country.

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"The problem with Donald Trump is, he always sees himself first. Trump is all about Trump," the conservative lawyer said."That's what this is all about. He was using the power of the presidency in its most unchecked area, foreign affairs, to advance his own personal interest as opposed to the country's."

He also criticized Republicans for defending Trump. 

"Take that Republican hat off and look at it neutrally," he said. "Look at what you would have done if Donald Trump were a Democrat. Would you be making these ridiculous arguments about process?"

"If Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSmearing presidential election will turn off young voters and undermine democracy 'Black Panther' star criticized for sharing video questioning COVID-19 vaccine Black voters: Low propensity, or low priority? MORE had done this, they'd be out for blood, and they'd be right," he added. 

Conway also addressed the infrequency of his TV appearances. 

"I don't, frankly, want to be on television. But I just don't get why people can't see this and why people are refusing to see this. It's appalling to me," he said. 

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said that Conway would "be with us throughout the day."

Appearing for public testimony in the impeachment hearing Wednesday are William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the State Department. 

The House launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump in September over his dealings with Ukraine. Republicans have complained about the process, including the closed-door nature of some past hearings. 

Conway recently tweeted that he believes a tweet by Trump's attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiHow Trump's election lawsuits became his worst nightmare Michigan voter fraud hearing goes viral for alleged flatulence, unruly witness Trump hits Barr over voter fraud remarks: 'He hasn't looked' MORE confirms that Trump "committed an impeachable offense."

"To say that Giuliani’s and Trump’s pursuit of 'Ukrainian ... corruption' was 'done solely' to protect Trump’s interests establishes that Trump was not acting for the country," he wrote last week. 

Joe Concha contributed.